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My New Favorite Polyurethane

By: Diy maven Sep 22, 2008

When it comes to water-based polyurethane, I’ve been a Minwax girl for quite awhile. I started using their Polycrylic because it dried crystal clearly, had low odor and clean-up was a snap. But this weekend when I went to my local hardware store for a fresh can of my old standby, I was introduced to Aqua ZAR and thought I’d give it a try. As soon as I opened the can’s lid, I was impressed. The Aqua Zar was quite a bit thicker than theContinue Reading

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A Knotty Pine Memory

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 20, 2008

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The sewing studio is finally finished.  I've posted photos of different angles of the room.  This room  measures 12' x 20'.  I brought the rocker in for two of the sewing moms who have newborns. On the other side of the table on the left is a room where the heavy duty work gets done like painting, upholstering, photographing projects and light construction.  There is one more room to the right of the rocking chair which has more fabricContinue Reading

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How To Choose An Office Chair

By: Lilybee Sep 20, 2008

Apparently there's more to choosing a chair for your home office than going to Ikea and picking the prettiest one they have.

According to Chiropractor Rodney Lefler, DC, there are some specific things to look out for when choosing a chair that won't hate your back.

  • Seat height. Office chair seat height should be easily adjustable. A pneumatic adjustment lever is the easiest way to do this. A seat heightContinue Reading
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Inside A Black Apple's Inspirational Studio

By: Lilybee Sep 19, 2008

I love other people's offices and studios and Emily, artist and creator of The Black Apple has a studio that's so pretty it makes my paws all sweaty. Behold!

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She's managed to fit all kinds of (awesome) stuff into a not very large space without making it look cramped. She also has some very steal/borrow-able idea's; like the oilcloth topper on her painting and drawing table and those uber-cute kid suitcasesContinue Reading

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Talk and Live Like a Pirate!

By: Lilybee Sep 19, 2008

In honour of International Talk Like A Pirate Day here's a few ways you could cease to be a landlubber and move your ah, booty onto the open seas.

Starting with a real Pirate Ship.


This 47' Ketch by Vagabond looks the part, it sleeps 6 and has 2, 'heads'. (I think that means loos). It's berthed in Spain and can be yours for only 139,000 euro... or possibly some gold doubloons.

Don't know how to sail? HowContinue Reading

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Pocket Guide to Wallpaper Removal

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 19, 2008

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Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I've ever undertaken.  During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but......

 "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Michael Corleone, Godfather III

I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall.  No, no, no!! IContinue Reading

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Flower Fire Extinguishers

By: Diy maven Sep 19, 2008

These may look like run-of-the-mill decorative silk flowers, but they’re actually fire extinguishers. Made specifically for oil/grease fires, the flowers, when put into a flaming pan, create a film that extinguishes the fire. They’re available through Japan Trend Shop for $39. To watch the blossoms in action, take a look at the video below.Via.

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1 Window Shade 3 Ways

By: Diy maven Sep 19, 2008

My Home Ideas shows us 3 clever ways to take a plain window shade from ho-hum to heavenly. This shade was covered in fabric,

these were painted,

and these were covered in wallpaper.

For the entire tutorial for each project, visit And for inexpensive roller blinds, you might want to check out Ikea's selection.

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Cordon Bleu, Bird Style

By: Lilybee Sep 19, 2008

So you've made your little feathered chums the hippest house on the block, now might be a good time to throw them a dinner party. With that in mind here's a few recipes that boids go nuts for.

Hors d'oeurve:

Pine Cone Nibbles

  • pine cones
  • peanut butter
  • birdseed (your choice)

Spread peanut butter all over the pine cones and roll them in birdseed. Tie a piece of ribbon or string to the top of eachContinue Reading

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Vintage Images in Stencil

By: Diy maven Sep 18, 2008

Stencil-Library, has a forthcoming Vintage Range stencil collection. They’re previewing some of the designs on their on-line exclusives. The quality of detail is quite remarkable, and their price tags reflect that.

Chanteuse, 8.5" h x 8" w, $53

Spacemen, 22" h x 16" w, $116

Jane Goes Bowling, 11" h x 7.5" w, $35

Dick Goes Bowling, 10.5" h x 7" w, $116


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